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Family & Divorce Mediation Articles


Marilyn McKnight

Interview with Marilyn McKnight

(3/29/17)Marilyn McKnight

Interview with Marilyn McKnight, former President of the AFM and ACR, filmed as part of our Views from the Eye of the Storm Series.

Gabriel Cheong, Esq.

Can You Use a Mediator in an Uncontested Divorce?

(3/28/17)Gabriel Cheong, Esq.

If you and your spouse are unable to reach agreement in mediation, you still have the option of going to court.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Interview with Joan Kelly

(3/27/17)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Joan Kelly, well-known clinical psychologist, researcher and founding Executive Director of the Northern California Mediation Center, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Stephen Erickson

Interview with Steve Erickson

(3/25/17)Stephen Erickson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Stephen Erickson, one of the founders of the Academy of Family Mediators, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Donald T. Saposnek

Interview with Don Saposnek

(3/21/17)Donald T. Saposnek

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Don Saposnek, a leading family mediator, writer and editor, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Lisa Parkinson

Interview with Lisa Parkinson

(3/20/17)Lisa Parkinson

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Lisa Parkinson, family mediation leader in the UK and Europe, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Series.

Peter Adler

Disputing at a Panchayat Meeting

(3/14/17)Peter Adler

When I was twenty-two years old, I did a two-year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Here is a brief account of a dispute resolution meeting with a local governing council called the panchayat.

Advancing Your Family Mediation Career at APFM 2017 In Memphis

(3/09/17)Michael Aurit, Amanda Singer

We met three years ago at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) Conference in San Diego. At the time, each of us was barely a year out of law school and preparing to take a leap to begin our own divorce and family mediation practice.

Jay Folberg

Mediating Family Property and Estate Conflicts: Keeping the Peace and Preserving Family Wealth

(3/07/17)Jay Folberg

Of all of the cases I have mediated over the past 30 years, the most challenging and rewarding disputes have been those between family members over family property, estates, trusts and businesses.

Chip Rose

Interview with Chip Rose

(3/06/17)Chip Rose

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Chip Rose, a national leader in the fields of divorce mediation and collaborative practice, filmed as part of Mediate.com's 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

Family Mediation Research: Is There Empirical Support for the Field? (An Update)

(3/06/17)Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.

The divorce rate began its sharp increase in the early 1960's and more than doubled by the end of the 1970's. This was accompanied by dramatic changes in cultural traditions, societal expectations, and divorce and child custody laws.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Collaborative Parenting Can Mend the Divide

(3/06/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Professionals writing about divorce too often reinforce parental fears by recounting, even exacerbating the negative consequences of divorce

Ira Turkat

Harmful Effects of Child-Custody Evaluations on Children

(3/03/17)Ira Turkat

Child-custody evaluations have become commonplace in family-law disputes over living arrangements, parental decision-making, and time-sharing with offspring.

Wayne Plenert

A Transformative Parenting Mediation Model

(3/03/17)Wayne Plenert

The key to successful parenting mediation is using a model that works for the parents and provides a parenting model that starts with a truce, then works towards mid and long term parenting goals.

Carrie Schultz

Divorce Mediation In New Jersey

(3/03/17)Carrie Schultz

This article is about the divorce mediation process, including specific recommendations for New Jersey.

Nicole Garton

Conflict Analysis & Intervention Selection for Parenting Coordinators: Strategies for Success

(2/28/17)Nicole Garton

This article provides background information on parental conflict and its consequences for children. Three conflict analysis models are presented to assist parenting coordinators to diagnose parental conflict and select effective intervention strategies.

The Financially Smart Divorce Book Review

(2/17/17)John Fiske, J Anthony Licciardello

Divorce mediators can greatly benefit from reading and having readily on hand this new book by a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who understands that divorce should be a planning process.

Armand and Robbin DAlo

Is Divorce The Real Target?

(2/17/17)Armand and Robbin DAlo

When the fire of love feels dead or the threat of divorce is put on the table what is really happening?

Eric Slepak

Takeaways from a Child Protection Mediator Training

(2/10/17)Eric Slepak

Child protection cases involve a child who has been removed from their home following a substantiated claim of abuse or neglect.

Rachel Ryan

Happy Valentine’s Day Darling; Here’s a Prenup

(2/09/17)Rachel Ryan

The article addresses increased rates of divorce and important considerations for protecting one’s self and financial assets and the consequences of failing to do so.

Tammy Lenski

How to Say No Persuasively

(2/03/17)Tammy Lenski

“If you can’t say no, your yes is hollow.”

Tammy Lenski

Two Smart Principles for Resolving Everyday Disagreements

(1/27/17)Tammy Lenski

Not all disagreements require long talks to resolve them sufficiently.

Clarence Cramer

Interview with Clarence Cramer

(1/24/17)Clarence Cramer

This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Clarence Cramer, long-time leader in the field of court-connected family mediation, including the mediation of cases involving domestic violence, filmed as part of the Mediate.com 'Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

Eric Laubacher

Divorce Mediation In Ohio

(1/13/17)Eric Laubacher

This article discusses options for reaching equitable solutions before divorce.

Jan Frankel Schau

Barriers to Settlement: Fear of Regrets

(1/06/17)Jan Frankel Schau

Often times, the parties or their lawyers refuse to accept that “Last, best and final offer” because they think they will regret making the deal and not having the time and energy to take one more deposition, find the “truth”, the “smoking gun” or exact a little more pain and discomfort towards the other side.

Jason Dykstra

Learning to Love

(1/06/17)Jason Dykstra

This article discusses a New Year's Resolution for bettering relationship and communication.

Patricia Porter

Renewing And Strengthening Relationships In The New Year

(1/03/17)Patricia Porter

As you enter 2017, reflect and commit to being intentional on the small gifts you can provide to strengthen, honor and acknowledge those important relationships in your life. Here are some ideas to consider.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The College Education Expense; How to Share the “Experience”

(1/03/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

The question to be answered by all parents—separated or divorced parents, married or unmarried—is: How will the child’s college education be funded? In short, who will pay and how much?

Stephen McDonough

Family Business Mediation: Solving Legal Issues Without Going to Court

(1/03/17)Stephen McDonough

Mediation is often considered an excellent means of conflict resolution for personal or family disputes, but the benefits of mediation extend to more than just familial problems.

Dr. Lynne C. Halem

Avoiding the Holiday Blues During Separation or After Divorce

(12/18/16)Dr. Lynne C. Halem

With some creativity, and openness to future adjustment, separated and divorced couples can preserve key ingredients of the holiday season by pre-planning the children’s shared visits ahead of time.

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